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Lebanese Prime Minister announces resignation of government
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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
The Pharmaceutical Narrative is Failing - and a Group of Doctors is Helping Push it Over the Edge
[Bretigne Shaffer] So now we don’t have to listen to what those doctors said in front of the US Supreme Court, because it turns out that one of them has some whacky beliefs about sex with demons causing reproductive disorders. What a relief.

I’m not going to pretend that the things Dr. Stella Immanuel has said don’t sound just a little crazy to me. They do. But I’ve been observing this game long enough to have a pretty good idea of how this works:

Someone says something that contradicts the dominant narrative (in this case, the narrative about medical science), and the machine that supports that narrative goes into overdrive to discredit them, with whatever information they can dig up—as long as it doesn’t involve discussing the actual substance of what the person has said.

I understand that for some people, maybe even for a great many, that is the end of the conversation. So for everyone who is satisfied with the "fringe doctors promoting hydroxychloroquine also believe demon sex causes fybroids" narrative—please, stop here. Your ride is over, and you may go on believing that this group of doctors and other professionals has been thoroughly discredited by these statements.

For everyone else, if you are at all interested in why such a coordinated effort has been launched to silence and discredit this group, why—even before the sex demon stuff was uncovered—videos of the group’s press conference were quickly yanked from YouTube, and why their own website was taken down without warning by its host, SquareSpace, (their new website can now be found here) then please keep reading... ....
Posted by: Clem || 08/10/2020 01:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lots of "medications" are more side effect than therapeutic value. They should all be sold over the counter, caveat emptor.

I know plenty of people I wouldn't interact with at all if it weren't for their nicotine and caffeine use.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2020 2:12 Comments || Top||

#2  and for other common drugs the therapeutic dosage is not very far from the toxic or 'does harm' dosage, e.g., tylenol
Posted by: lord garth || 08/10/2020 12:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Australia says that ivermectin is very effective and it can be purchased at a pet store.

Ivermectin Paste Dewormer - 6.08g dose @ 1.87% Apple Flavor (6-Pack)
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Posted by: Blackbeard and Tenille9937 || 08/10/2020 12:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Ivermectin is an anti-parasite drug that could cure the coronavirus, according to a new study.Specifically, researchers from Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University in Australia found ...
Posted by: Blackbeard and Tenille9937 || 08/10/2020 12:40 Comments || Top||

#5  an even more anti-parasite move you can make is VOTE in November
Posted by: Frank G || 08/10/2020 13:18 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian political scientist on recognition of Lukashenko's victory
Translated from Russian. Appeared in regnum.ru
Russia makes a mistake after a mistake

Russian authorities decided to work with Alexander Lukashenko because he definitely controls the situation in Belarus, but in the long run it is a mistake, said in a conversation with the correspondent of the IA REGNUM on Monday, August 10, political scientist Dmitry Bolkunets.

According to preliminary data from the Central Election Commission of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko gained about 80 % of votes in the elections of the President of Belarus. Vladimir Putin sent him a telegram, in which he said: he expects that Lukashenko's state activity will "further develop mutually beneficial relations in all areas", "deepening cooperation within the framework of the Union State", "increasing integration processes and military-political connections".

"Unfortunately, the Russian authorities do not notice important Belarusian trends. And in this political direction, one mistake after another.

But there is no news in this. Russia has always behaved like this.

One of the elements of the game in the post-Soviet space is to recognize authoritarian leaders, and then when something happens to them, hit the bells and shout about Maidan.

Lukashenko controls the situation in Belarus, and therefore decided to work with him. But Lukashenko spent his entire campaign in an anti-Russian way, and therefore Russia loses its face. Lukashenko becomes a triumphant. It turns out that he is allowed to provoke Russia, and then receive both financial and political support for it.

At the same time, the Russian authorities certainly know what the real situation in Belarus is, understand that civil resistance will not die, and do not nourish any illusions in this regard ", Dmitry Bolcunets said.
Posted by: badanov || 08/10/2020 06:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Big power politics. Of course the Russians don’t care what is best for the Ukrainian citizenry, they want the one who will work most comfortably and effectively for them and for Russian goals.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2020 15:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Or (whoops!) Belarus in this case. But the principle still stands.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2020 16:00 Comments || Top||

The Covid Crisis Has Helped Make the Blueprint for a European Superstate
Their continent, their choice — for as long as the gods of the copybook headings let them keep it.
[Mises] After intense negotiations, long days and nights of clashes, and a distinctly sour note underlying the entire summit, European Union leaders finally agreed on an unprecedented €1.82 trillion ($2.1 trillion) budget and covid recovery package. This agreement provides €750 billion in funding meant to counter the impact of the pandemic and also includes €390 billion in nonrepayable grants to the hardest-hit EU members, with Italy and Spain being the main recipients.

The harsh negotiations brought to the surface once again the deep economic, structural, and cultural divide between north and south. This divide has been at the core of every serious political and economic crisis in the bloc so far, and its reemergence served as yet another reminder of how unnatural, forced, and unsustainable the integration vision of the Europhiles really is. Their wider strategic aims, much like this covid relief package itself, are nothing more than a massive redistribution of wealth and a vain effort to impose uniformity on a radically diverse group of national identities, economic profiles, and local political realities.

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Posted by: Clem || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ah, Claudio. Opinion and fear mongering from a Swiss precious metal arbitrager.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/10/2020 1:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Yea, sure. We've seen how each country hogged medical supplies when it started.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/10/2020 1:30 Comments || Top||

#3  After the fact, they will all argue the "medical supplies" were worthless in combatting the panic anyway, so, no harm, no foul.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2020 2:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Whoever this article is isn't wrong. This is federalism by the back door. They can't do it legally, so they pull this crap.

You have to realize, the EU as an organization is in real danger. If Brexit is a success it's curtains for them. Tens of thousands of people will be jobless. Obviously this must never be allowed to happen. So they've got to act now or never.

Sure, it's going to be stupidly expensive to keep the EU together. Sure the other nations are going to waste the money and laugh. These are bribes, plain and simple. That's why Macron was banging the table. Bribe them and they'll stop agitating to leave.
Posted by: Elmung Hatrack5948 || 08/10/2020 8:00 Comments || Top||

#5  This has just accelerated the destruction of the EUSSR.

subsidy is never sustainable.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/10/2020 9:38 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
The Tide Turns Toward Trump
It's Kurt. Don't get cocky
[Townhall] Remember how Donald Trump was totally doomed just a couple weeks ago? Grandpa Badfinger was ridin' high down in his basement and the GOP was going to be destroyed in November. All the smart people of smartness who make up liberal blue check Twitter tweeted it so it had to be true.

Good times.

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Posted by: Frank G || 08/10/2020 03:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6530 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "We had no choice but to riot. You made us lose. No fair..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2020 3:31 Comments || Top||

#2  The Dims desperate October surprise could be Bill Gates.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebbereng3110 || 08/10/2020 8:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Trump's been right about Lockdown, China and how to treat the left(with contempt).
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/10/2020 9:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Kamala Harris, with her graspy ambition and grating style, is Botoxic.

Now that's a turn of phrase!
Posted by: Raj || 08/10/2020 11:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Professor who has called every election since 1984 says Trump will lose.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||

#6  Lichtman did NOT predict a Trump win, and he was a Gorehead in 2000

Other than that, he's right 115% of the time. Just ask him
Posted by: Frank G || 08/10/2020 13:22 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm not saying I want him to be right. Not hardly, Frank.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2020 13:42 Comments || Top||

#8  No prob - so, he's wrong when he predicts a Dem win over a Republican, his argument is he should've been right. He's always been a Democrat fellatrix
Posted by: Frank G || 08/10/2020 14:45 Comments || Top||

#9  Headline doesn't say he's accurately predicted, just that he predicted.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/10/2020 15:19 Comments || Top||

#10  I want to see lots of sad faces on teevee Tuesday night in November. I want to see Larry Sabato chew his scraggly mustache half off...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2020 17:19 Comments || Top||

#11  LOL
Posted by: Frank G || 08/10/2020 19:55 Comments || Top||

#12  watching the Trump news briefing this afternoon I was pretty shocked that there weren't many snarley questions.
This may be an indicator as well.
Just surprised & hopeful, not trying to get cocky
But it was probably just a fluke
Posted by: Jan || 08/10/2020 20:52 Comments || Top||

#13  This may be an indicator as well.

Like rats leaving the sinking ship and hoping the public forgets?
Posted by: gorb || 08/10/2020 22:34 Comments || Top||

What Really Happened at the Port of Beirut?
From a few days ago.
[BeSaCenter] EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion occurred at a warehouse on the waterfront of the Port of Beirut, Leb
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers...
. It killed at least 135 people, maimed at least 5,000,
...as of yesterday: 158 dead, 6000 injured with approximately 100 at death’s door, missing dropped to 21 from 60...
left approximately 300,000 people homeless, and devastated the port region of the city, causing damages estimated between $10 billion and $15 billion. The Lebanese authorities are blaming the earth-shattering kaboom on mismanagement by port officials, but there is reason to suspect that it was the result of Hezbollah negligence.

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Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The "red smoke" of the second kaboom (third is the biggie) looks similar to a rocket fuel misfire.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/10/2020 10:24 Comments || Top||

#2  The red was ammonium nitrate, Just like the Texas City explosion.
Posted by: Elmung Hatrack5948 || 08/10/2020 14:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Right, and the final explosion was HE.
Posted by: KBK || 08/10/2020 16:38 Comments || Top||

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Mon 2020-08-10
  Lebanese Prime Minister announces resignation of government
Sun 2020-08-09
  Lebanese Army evacuates protestors from government buildings
Sat 2020-08-08
  Portland mayor unleashes police on violent demonstrations
Fri 2020-08-07
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  DOJ Atty reveals 300 domestic terrorists investigations have been opened since May 28th
Wed 2020-08-05
  Death toll from Beirut blast reaches 100 but is expected to rise even further
Tue 2020-08-04
  Beruit goes BOOM!
Mon 2020-08-03
  Israel army says it has foiled a terror attack at the border with Syria
Sun 2020-08-02
  Turkish brig.-gen. executed for revealing Qatari funding of jihadists
Sat 2020-08-01
  Turkey Sends Fighter Jets to Azerbaijan After Threat to Bomb a Nuclear Power Plant
Fri 2020-07-31
  Indonesian Court Convicts, Sentences Top 2 Jemaah Islamiyah Militants
Thu 2020-07-30
  ISIS claims responsibility for killing of top Iraqi commander
Wed 2020-07-29
  Iran launched several ballistic missiles from Iran to the Southern Arabian Gulf
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